Parents' Guide to

Cover Shot

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Feel-good makeovers send somewhat mixed messages.

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The Cover Shot premise -- every woman is beautiful and deserves to feel so -- is good, and most of the transformations are of the feel-good variety. But some episodes might leave viewers feeling uncomfortable. For example, Liz, a gastric bypass patient, appeared quite shy next to Van Der Wal, and at times seemed unable to match the enthusiasm for the project that Van Der Wal and her stylists exhibited.

What's more, while one of the show's goals is to make viewers realize that models are "just like us" (and that they manage to look so good thanks to a lot of behind-the-scenes work), parents might wonder why so much emphasis is put on appearance as a means to attaining confidence -- as opposed to becoming skilled in a sport or a new hobby. But that's a failing most makeover shows have; if it hasn't bothered you (or your kids) in the past, it probably won't now.

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